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interaction activities which lead to waste generation Causes for wastage strategies to avoid wastage is essential. Another essential facet is to Unnecessary movement / transport Minimising activity cycle time, safeguard from being misplaced in the Piling up of stock & work-in-progress Minimising inventory, crowd of jargons and templates; and to Idling of any resource for want of Minimising resource deployment, concentrate our prime focus upon the work Maximising productivity, primary objectives and the intended Overwork /over-consumption /over- Maximising resource utilisation outcomes. Last but not the least is the deployment Avoiding wasteful expenditure sustainability of the lean construction drive. Repairs / rectifications / rework This can be achieved only by empowering from the Managing Director, upcoming collaboration involving the initiators the project teams to carry forward processes programmes/events, training calendar, and decision makers, with scrutinisers and means of minimising waste and new project information, news ticker etc in between, is unorganised and hence maximising value. are disseminated in the landing page of unreliable in terms of timeliness. In order Intranet. The vision, mission, objectives, to streamline the flow of documents and the Why is lean construction important for policies, procedures, formats, circulars, flow of information/request/requirement etc Capacit'e? newsletters, training materials, contact from the initiator to the intended recipient Capacit'e was incorporated just two years details etc, are displayed in the Resource in a sequential manner, we decided to ago and has already built an Order Book category of Intranet enabling access and configure the process flows in Intranet. in excess of `40 billion. The compounded benefiting each employee. Contractual Thus, a simple Document Transmittal with annual growth rate of sales is therefore very information including agreement copies, attachments can flow from an initiator to high. Such exponential growth requires baseline/revised construction programmes, the intended recipients. A request for any robust project delivery mechanism to be progress mark-ups, minutes of meetings, resource like staff, subcontract labour force, established with systems and workforce contractual correspondence, registers of formwork asset, plant & machinery asset, to complement and drive each other. It is correspondence/drawings/hindrances/ specialized agencies etc can be initiated in this context that Capacit'e has decided variations/NCRs etc., progress photographs, for flow through the Project In-charge and to undertake the lean construction drive project quality plans, HSE plans, BG copies, the Project Coordinator to the concerned to minimise waste in meeting the primary labour license and other applicable permits, Head of the Department (HoD) for needful objectives aimed at value creation. material source approvals etc. are uploaded action. Furthermore, the request processes by the respective project personnel are on-line and the case history can be How important are Information under each project page in Intranet. tracked anytime by all the concerned Management Systems in ensuring Every department has been provided with individuals. The information captures the operational efficiency and better information domain for uploading files, budget provision as well. productivity? reports, scan copies of important documents Similarly, a request for bank account Capacit'e believes in taking informed etc. This enables easy access and retrieval opening, bank guarantee / corporate decisions in a timely manner, followed by of information from a common resource guarantee, insurances, applicable effective communication and well monitored pool, in a structured and secure manner. permits, power of attorney, administrative implementation. In today’s electronic Access control is defined on need basis, requirements etc. can also be raised for age, information is the key. Collecting, thereby enabling data security. All data flow through the Project In-charge and the organising and managing data in a live, and documents crucial for our business Project Coordinator to the concerned HoD, accurate and proper manner is therefore operations are pooled in the Intranet, for needful action. The biggest advantages essential for meeting this requirement. benefiting all the concerned in a live and in the collaboration process are traceability current manner. The corporate IT Cell of of requests and timeliness of decisions. The Detail us about the need for Capacit'e Capacit'e administers the Intranet well in case history is logged as well, enabling Infraprojects’ recent incorporation of this regard. instant access and retrieval of data that Intranet system on IBM Lotus Domino is so important in contract management. platform and the benefits that have Please detail us about the collaboration accrued? process flows? How different is the data storage from an We have configured our Intranet in three We have successfully implemented FTP or a shared folder on the office network? parts: a construction-industry-specific ERP The advantages of data storage in * Information sourced from the system in quick time, without seeking Intranet are in terms of data classification, management, uploaded from project any modification or customisation of presentation, and relevance, for different sites and various departments the software, by adapting to meet its sets of users. Data is actually uploaded by * Collaboration process flows for configuration. However, the number of various personnel at different project site decisions/approvals documents, requests for approvals, decision locations in a structured manner without * Personal space detailing payroll and requirements, resource requirements etc. overwriting/deleting/disturbing other entitlement info flow outside of the ERP typically, through factors. Availability of the entire data in the Under the information from the email and spread-sheets/word documents. Head Office— as the Server is in-house— Management segment, the message By its inherent nature, such process of makes it more beneficial. u NOVEMBER 2014|construction opportunities 37
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